Trestle Bench Transformed

March 22, 2010

Happy Monday all, hope you had a fantastic weekend !  Last week, you saw the upgrades in the dining room, and one of those changes included this trestle bench that I found on Craigslist a few weeks ago. 

The bench was the perfect size to add seating to our dining space and very sturdy too since it is solid wood.  However, I wasn’t using any maple tones in the room, so I decided to give it a new look.  The bench received a two phase transformation to arrive at two different looks.

Here’s a reminder of the bench ‘Before’:

bench before 2


Here’s the first new look I gave this bench:  

nailhead after


And another different style achieved by adding a washable cotton slipcover:

slipcover square

Both versions work well in our dining space, but I like to use the slipcover for spring because it’s light and bright, and mimics the pleat on the chair slipcovers.  It also makes my life a heck of a lot easier since I’m not so worried about spills.   Stain remover and bleach are two of my very best friends. 

kate dining space 

Here’s the easy peasy lemon squeezy tale of its transformation. 

First, I flipped it upside down and slapped it with a good coat of primer.  My fav, my love, my go to makeup artist, Mr. Zinsser. 

primer on bench

After the primer was dry, I gave it two coats of ‘Heirloom White’ in latex that I had leftover from this cabinet project.  Then I cut 2 inch foam to fit the top and covered it with batting to smooth out the foam’s edges and hold it in place. 

attach batting

Next, I used some leftover suit inspired material from these pillows to cover the bench seat. 

staple fabric

I love the finished look of nailhead trim, so I attached that to the edges with a French Nailhead Trim Kit available at Joann’s Fabrics.  To apply, I always use pliers to hold the nail steady, and a mallet to drive the nail into the wood.

attach nailhead trim 2

The trim gives the bench an updated look . . . 

trestle bench with nailheads 

. . . and adds such a nice finished detail.  

nailhead trim up close


I was terrible not taking pictures of how I made the slipcover, but basically I created the pleats or ruffles out of long strips of fabric and sewed them with my sewing machine.

create pleats

Then I attached the pleats inside out to a long rectangle of cotton I cut for the bench, then hemmed the corners and the bottom.  Again, sorry no photos.  It was late – I was tired.  I plum forgot. 

But here’s the flirty feminine slipcover.  Isn’t she sweet ? 

slipcover square


Extra seating created with a transformed Craigslist bench ! 

add textures


I heart Craigslist, don’t you ? 


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